Charnell is an international wedding photographer specializing in destination weddings between Minneapolis, USA and Cape Town, South Africa. Charnell is not only a photographer, but part and parcel of the wedding vibe.
Her uplifting presence, 'joie de vivre' and expérience in crossing the 'cultural divide' have been celebrated by couples around the globe, who have flown her to shoot their international weddings in the USA, France, Germany, England, Mexico and Ireland.
Working alone, photographers need to show physical endurance for longer ceremonies, but also they need to adapt to the humour and mood of the wedding party at large. It is here, aided by her honours degree in psychology, that she is able to approach her wedding shoots with a playful passion and understanding. Her boundless energy and easy spirit allows her to interact with the wedding party and guests in an effortless blend of professionalism and exuberance.
This spontaneous approach is very helpful, especially with couples who are nervous or feel awkward in front of the camera. They need some gentle pointers on how best to interact with the camera. By combining clear instruction with laughter (getting clients to run towards the camera, or asking them to jokingly sneeze out loud), you allow the focus to move away from the clients, and in that moment of pure orchestrated silliness, when they are no longer aware of your immediate presence, that you capture those spontaneous images.
For those interested in seeing more of her work, two options exist. Clients can either schedule an initial meeting or you can check out more of her work online via her Facebook and Pinterest pages or by perusing her blog posts on her official website.
For those living abroad, email and live chat forums make communications easy, quick and reliable. Charnell is also eager to offer useful tips and advice to assist any foreign clients with arranging their wedding here in South Africa. Besides her standard packages, she remains open to novel suggestions on personalizing any packages. Packages are priced according to both the amount of hours you use her for, as well as which products you would like included into your package.
All photos are transferred onto a USB drive in high resolution format. Her 'Full-monty' packages include canvass prints which come with an impressive 60 year quality guarantee and are box-framed to add flair of artistry. Superior layflat leather covered storybook albums form part of her premium packages. Charnell delights in her speedy 'turn-around' time of 4 weeks for photograph collection and 8 weeks for her 'storybook' albums.
Behind her laughing lens, she will not be found boxing herself into a specific style of photography. She believes that words like 'journalistic' or 'reportage' are highly fashionable buzzwords. Broadly speaking she instead considers herself to be both a stylist and a realist. Wedding days, she says, with all their charm and romance, are often accompanied by a haphazard unpredictability and high levels of stress.
After months of preparation for the wedding, couples are often ready to let their hair down and just enjoy their wedding day. It is here, with her playful sense of humour that Charnells photographic expertise comes to life. With the raw emotion of an intimate interview, she is able to elicit the euphoric sense of intimacy between couples.